National selection trials for rifle and pistol events to begin on January 25

The scores from the national shooting selection trials will form the basis of selection for the national team for international competitions next season.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Shooters who have achieved the qualifying scores in the prescribed events, including the National Championship in progress in Bhopal, will be eligible to compete.   -  Getty Images

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has announced a set of two selection trials for rifle and pistol to be staged in Vattiyoorkkavu Range in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, from January 25 to February 8.

Shooters who have achieved the qualifying scores in the prescribed events, including the National Championship in progress in Bhopal, will be eligible to compete.

The scores from the trials will form the basis of selection for the national team for international competitions in the season ahead.

Shooters who have won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award or the Arjuna
award will be eligible to compete in the events, even if they do not have the minimum qualifying score.

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Entries will be accepted only through the national federation’s online system. Entries close at 9.30 p.m. on January 10. Thereafter, entries will be accepted with triple entry fee till 9.30 p.m. on January 15.

All shooters must attach a copy of their valid passport while filing online entry, if they haven't done already.

All Olympic events will also feature finals, as per the international rules.

The competition will start with the men's air rifle event on January 26. It will be followed by air rifle for women, men’s air pistol and women’s air pistol at the 10-metre range.

The two trials will be held successively in each event, and the pattern will remain the same even for non-Olympic events like standard pistol, free pistol, centre fire pistol and rifle prone.

The cost of entry will be Rs. 3,450 for the rifle 3-position event, Rs. 2,500 for air rifle and air pistol, Rs. 2,250 for other events.